Hoyer Press Staff Blog

Blog posts from the press staff of Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer

February 10, 2016

After Republicans added billions to the deficit when they passed their unpaid-for tax bill in December, Politico reports that the House Freedom Caucus is pushing Speaker Ryan to cut spending levels dramatically, rather than stick with the budget agreement that Republicans agreed to. 

February 4, 2016

Yesterday, Speaker Paul Ryan had some alarming news for members of the Congressional Black Caucus – he supports legislation to restore the Voting Rights Act, but he isn’t willing to bring a bipartisan bill to the Floor. Apparently, he “can’t do that.”

December 2, 2015

Wanted to make sure you saw today’s editorial in the New York Times, which asks the million-dollar question: Will Speaker Ryan take the responsible path and prevent a shutdown, or will he give in to right-wing demands to shut down the government?

November 4, 2015

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers released a letter today urging Members to oppose Ex-Im Bank related amendments to the highway bill. 

November 4, 2015

ICYMI: The National Association of Manufacturers released a “Key Vote” letter urging Members to oppose Ex-Im Bank related amendments to the highway bill. 

November 3, 2015

ICYMI: The Chamber of Commerce released a “Key Vote Alert” letter urging Members to oppose Ex-Im Bank related amendments to the highway bill. 

October 28, 2015

Just in case Senator McConnell missed it last night, we thought we’d be helpful and round up this morning’s headlines that show the majority of Republicans voted with nearly every Democrat to pass legislation to reopen the Export-Import Bank – the same legislation that passed the Senate with 64 votes. So, the question for him is: will he take it up so we can restore certainty to businesses or will he stand in the way of the will of bipartisan majorities in both of the House and the Senate?

October 21, 2015

Wanted to be sure you saw the below letter from the AARP to Congress in support of a clean debt limit bill to pay our nation’s bills. 

October 20, 2015

With a number of looming legislative deadlines quickly approaching – including passing a long-term highway bill before October 29, paying our nation’s bills before November 3, and funding the government past December 11 – Republicans continue to waste time on partisan games. 

October 9, 2015

Another day, another dose of deep Republican divisions.

October 8, 2015

GOP divisions are on full display again this week, as Republican leaders continue to prevent the House from working its will on the Export-Import Bank – even though a clear majority of Members support reopening the Bank.

October 8, 2015

The refusal of House Republican leaders to allow a vote on legislation to reopen the Export-Import Bank is harming U.S. businesses and will cost hardworking Americans their jobs. 

October 8, 2015

The USA Today Editorial Board had a few words of advice for House Republicans this morning regarding their “transparently partisan” Benghazi committee: “time to wrap it up and tie a bow on it.” 

October 1, 2015

Although the House passed a clean, continuing resolution to fund the government yesterday, 151 Republicans still voted to shut down government once again.

October 1, 2015

Ahead of GOP leadership elections, House Republicans continue to be deeply divided over the Party’s path forward. 

October 1, 2015

We wanted to be sure you saw today’s Op-Ed in The Hill by Dave Cote, chairman and CEO of Honeywell International Inc., calling on Republicans to engage in “true leadership” and end their ideological attacks against the Export-Import Bank that are putting “American companies at a competitive disadvantage and prospects for growth and jobs at risk.”

September 24, 2015

As you could have guessed, Senate Republicans’ CR defunding Planned Parenthood was rejected this afternoon with eight Republican Senators voting against it. 

September 24, 2015

What happens when Republicans shut down the Export-Import Bank and cut off financing assistance to U.S. companies? Those companies will look for that assistance elsewhere.

September 24, 2015

As the House returns to session today, take a look at this morning’s NY Times editorial, which sums up Republicans’ shutdown saga quite well...

September 23, 2015

Will GOP leaders listen to the nearly dozen Republican freshmen who are calling on them to be “principled, pragmatic leaders” and take responsible action to avert another costly government shutdown?

September 22, 2015

After the ruinous Republican-led shutdown in 2013, Speaker John Boehner agreed that his party was to blame, calling it “a very predictable disaster.” 

September 21, 2015

Republicans have just five legislative days left to work with Democrats to avoid another government shutdown, but a budget expert says the odds are slim. 

September 18, 2015

According to National Journal, “House Re­pub­lic­an lead­ers are try­ing a new strategy to counter hard­liners in their con­fer­ence who want them to shut down the gov­ern­ment over fund­ing for Planned Par­ent­hood: reas­on.”

September 17, 2015

The headline speaks for itself. 

September 17, 2015

House Democrats have been asking Republicans to work with us on bipartisan budget negotiations for months. 

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